A foreigner in central Tokyo this morning has had to check the total cost of his goods by looking at the amount on the register screen.
“I basically knew the ball park figure, I just needed to take a quick peek to confirm the price,” said Baxter Whitworth.
“I swear, I just wasn’t listening properly.”
Whitworth made the mistake of asking the clerk to repeat the price last week, which raised the level of there-is-a-gaijin-shopping-in-the-supermarket awkwardness by at least a factor of two.
“You know, when it comes to the crunch, turns out his Japanese is absolute shite,” said 67-year-old Hinako Fujiwara who was waiting behind Whitworth in the queue.
Fujiwara stood right on top of Whitworth to make sure the transaction moved a bit faster.